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Grayson Murray clinches Sony Open title after emerging victorious in three-way play-off

Grayson Murray drained a clutch long-range birdie on the first play-off hole to defeat Keegan Bradley and An Byeong-hun and win the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 30-year-old American made no mistake from 38 feet to seal an emotional comeback win after battling with alcohol abuse and mental issues in recent years.

It's only the second PGA Tour title of Murray's career following his triumph at the 2017 Barbasol Championship as a tour rookie.

Murray was involved in motor scooter accident in Bermuda back in 2022 and it's been a long road back for him following that incident.

"A lot of hard work pays off," he said according to AFP. "It's not easy. I wanted to give up a lot of times -- give up on myself, give up on the game of golf, give up on life at times."

Murray, An and Bradley all finished the tournament on 17-under 263 after 72 holes at Waialae Country Club, the two Americans after closing 67s and An after a superb final-round 64.

"I hate it for Keegan and Ben. They played awesome golf," Murray said. "Sometimes it's just tough to be in a playoff when it's sudden death and only one person can win."

Carl Yuan of China shot a 63, putting him in a tie for fourth place with American Russell Henley at 264. J.T. Poston, another American, secured the sixth position with a closing score of 61, finishing at 265.

But the day belonged to Murray, who not only qualified for PGA signature events thanks to his victory but also secured his first trip to the Masters.

And it's all thanks to making some tough decisions to turn his life around and change his behavior for the better.

"Today wasn't going to change my life," Murray said. "But it did change my career a little bit and I'm excited.

"I hope everyone at home watching can get a little inspiration from me. If I can help one person that's all it takes.

"Change is difficult because it's unknown. You don't know what's going to happen. You don't know if it's going to pay off," he added.

"I hope people can see the change I've made in my personal life. I want to be known as a good person going forward."

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